NAPOWRIMO 2020 – Prompt 7

By on Apr 6, 2020 in Poetry

Blue balloon by Alyce Wilson

April is National Poetry Writing Month, and many poets like to challenge themselves to write a poem a day. With that in mind, Wild Violet will be sharing poetry prompts each day: one geared towards adults and one for kids. 

If you write a poem based on this prompt, feel free to share a link to your poem, or the poem itself, in the comments. Poems appearing in the comments are not considered published in Wild Violet, and you retain all rights to your work.



For adults:

Whether consciously or unconsciously, many poets use colors to evoke emotion, to represent a season, or to symbolize an abstract thought. Spend some time looking around you for a color that speaks to you, or use a color that you know appears frequently in your own writing. Get contemplative, like Robert Frost in “Nothing Gold Can Stay”  or playful like Oscar Wilde in “Symphony in Yellow.”


For children:

Poems can be about anything we see, imagine or experience. That includes something as simple as a color. Today, try writing a color poem using the following steps.

  • Pick a color that you feel strongly about: either you love it or really dislike it.
  • Write down some words or thoughts about the color. What does it remind you of? How does it make you feel? If it had a personality, what would it be like? Would it be cheerful, mopey, rude or friendly?
  • Take some of your favorite words and ideas and turn them into a poem about the color you chose.


Like seaweed underwater on a sunny day,
or an ice statue glimpsed at night with a flashlight.
Not cold but cool, like a friend who always makes you laugh.
A blend between bouncy spring and balmy summer.


Alyce Wilson is the editor of Wild Violet and in her copious spare time writes humor, non-fiction, fiction and poetry and infrequently keeps an online journal. Her first chapbook, Picturebook of the Martyrs; her e-book/pamphlet, Stay Out of the Bin! An Editor's Tips on Getting Published in Lit Mags ; her book of essays and columns, The Art of Life; her humorous nonfiction ebook, Dedicated Idiocy: How Monty Python Fandom Changed My Life, and her newest poetry collection, Owning the Ghosts, can all be ordered from her Web site, In late 2019, she published a volume of poetry by her third great-grandfather, Reading's Physician Poet: Poems by Dr. James Meredith Mathews, which also contains genealogical information about the Mathews family. She lives with her husband and son in the Philadelphia area and takes far too many photos of her handsome, creative son, nicknamed Kung Fu Panda.


  1. Thanks for sharing your intense poem! I love the repetition.